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4.07 of 5 stars 4.07  ·  rating details  ·  3,952 ratings  ·  154 reviews
Genevieve is brilliant and beautiful. Her husband has a thriving career. Together, they have a beautiful home in Los Angeles. Together, they're crazy in love. Then one day a family tragedy brings Genevieve back to her Alabama hometown, back to a past she hoped her husband would never discover, and back to secrets shared by her sister Kenya-mysterious, teasing, and dangerou ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published April 4th 2006 by NAL (first published April 1st 2005)
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Maybe it was because I half read this book / half listened to it on audio book (and that's the first time I've ever done it), but I found this book lacking in a lot of aspects. I thought the idea behind it and where I thought it was going had promise, but it ended up falling flat. The story itself could have been expanded on to probably another fifty pages, but it wasn't. I thought the middle of the book - the part where really everything was supposed to happen - was mediocre. Genevieve went bac ...more
Yushekia Mason
One of my favs. This story is perfect!
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Tanya Jackson
I love this author. This story is already gripping, but the plot twist at the end literally made my jaw drop.
I can't remember the last time I read a book written in the first person. I wasn't sure if I was going to like this book because of the graphic sex, but many people here said it was good so I gave it a try. I was not disappointed. The book is funny, serious, sexy, and dramatic all at the same time. The only thing that bothered me what the anti-climatic ending when a secret is revealed but never really dealt with in my opinion. I wonder if Dickey got sick of the story and just wanted to finish it ...more
Valerie Williams
Just how well do we ever really know the person sleeping next to us? Sometimes we know everything. Sometimes we can never know enough. In Genevieve, Eric Jerome Dickey has crafted a masterfully twisted tale of intrigue, hidden identities, and self-discovery. It’s the tale of a man torn between the love of his beautiful wife and the sudden arrival of his wife’s sister—a mysterious and provocative woman who offers him the passion he craves, but at a steep price. Both women harbor secrets, the answ ...more
"Genevieve" recounts the experiences of Genevieve (but make sure you pronounce it the French way ...) and her attempts to escape her past. When a family event brings her back to her hometown, the perfect life she's tried to construct begins to crumble. This is complicated largely due to her sister Kenya, who is a stark contrast in nearly every way.

This book is fairly consistent with most of EJD's books. It's well-written (technically speaking), has an interesting plot and the sexy encounters th
Overall this book was okay. I thought it was a little scattered and although the background of these characters once revealed was interesting, the execution of this work was not as solid.
Synoria D.
I started on this book yesterday evening and finished it this morning.
okay.. I'm trying this one all over again. The first time around I was reading many book while this one... and it just happen to get lost in the jumble. At the time I didn't find it interesting enough to keep it from my back-burner list. This time around I'm going the audio route. I finished the first CD and I'm well into the fourth chapter... this time my interest is peaked. But so far that is all. I love the way Dickey has swept me into the fold by the end of chapter one. The subject matter of ...more

I must admit, when I opened this book and saw that it was first person narrative, I wanted to put it aside and call it a day. The sex scene (boohyah!) at the beginning made me wonder if I were reading one of those tell all erotica novels (cue, the wicka chicka music in the background).


The premise intrigued me: Genevieve is called home for a funeral, and the story is told through the eyes of her husband, a nameless presence, but a presence, to be sure. The first person pov works in this
A. Sutton
Out of all of Mr. Dickey's books pre-Gideon Genevieve is probably my favorite book. I thought it was interesting that Genevieve's story was told from the point of view of her husband, who shall remain nameless. The idea that you can sleep beside someone and not know them is adventerous yet frightening and intriguing at the same time. We all feel the need to hide ourselves sometimes, to shield what has caused us pain, to shroud our pasts in mystery and darkness. Genevieve's story touched me and t ...more
Genevieve by Eric Jerome Dickey was an awesome book!! it had a very good twist to the end. The book is about a woman named Genevieve who is married to an aids/hiv researcher. [not once in the book did they mention his name:] Shes kept her past life from her husband, until the got a phone call that her mother has died. Genevieve has a strong hatred for her mother and her family. Raised in Odenville, Alabama, her name growig up was LaKeisha Smith. She ran away when she was thirteen for a better li ...more
Sep 09, 2011 Gen rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Gen by: no one
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Hated it

I didn't like the way this book was written. it had some potential but it just didn't do it for me. I figured I was going to try other authors besides Zane and Noire. I guess I should stick to what I know. this book had a good story going for it but it just wasn't written well enough for me. it might be awhile before I try reading another one of Eric Jerome Dickey's books!
(FROM JACKET)In Geneieve, Eric Jerome Dickey has crafted a masterfully twisted tale of intrigue, hidden identities, and self-discovery. It's the tale of a man torn between the love of his beautiful wife and the sudden arrival of his wife's sister-a mysterious and provocative woman who offers him the passion he craves, but a steep price.
Both women harbor secrets, the answers to which appear to lie in a small Southern town filled with darkness, danger, and the promise of pain. Soon nothing is as i
This book is about a woman named Genevieve who kept her childhood life from her husband because she was embarrassed about it. Her life took a turn for the worst when a family member called and told her that she great aunt had died. Everything that she didn't want her husband to know was put on front street. I liked this book because the author filled it with chaos and drama. If i were the author I wouldn't have changed anything because from the first sentence up until the last had every bit of m ...more
Michael Bell
I am a great fan of Eric Jerome Dickey. He writes the best love scenes in America. In this novel, there is an affair with a Mother and her Daughter. There are many complications and betrayals. One of the characters attended Spelman College. I would love to go back and read this again.
Tammy Ferebee
One of my favorites for sure. I read this book to pieces. It was sexy, funny, and had some very serious moments. There was also a shocker moment that I never saw coming. All the more reason to love this book. I've read almost everything written by Dickey, but this one, I always return to.
~Charmer~the 1click addict
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Lynaé Neal
I think this was the first Eric Jerome book I ever read. The book was ok. It didn't leave me wanting more. I didn't notice that the husband name was never mentioned until I was finished with the book. This story just shows me that communication is key & everyone has a past.
The book grabbed my attention with a few steamy sex scenes, but then just kept falling flat. I found it disguisting how he cheated on his wife with her "sister" Kenya, and then afterwards even more disguisting when it turned out that (view spoiler) . Also, from the descriptions of Genevieve - I imagined her in her 30's , maybe 40's ... and from the way Kenya is described, she seemed to be the same age!!! So i couldn't really picture a ...more
Paulette Jones
I sat on the end of my seat the whole time reading this. I even turned down a free meal with my friends to finish it couldn't stop once i started.
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Xavier Neal
Great read enjoyed his other works, African American reads, female based novels, unexpected twists, and bitter sweet endings.
It had an interesting ending, I like how Dickey brought it all together in the end. It was a nice, but ultimately sad story about denying your past until you are forced to confront it.
The cover information on this is misleading. Although the storyline is sort of about a man who loves his wife, but finds himself drawn to her sister and following up on that attraction by having an affair; you have to kind of get through the first third of the story to get to that point. There was a time when I didn't miss a new book by Dickey, but either my tastes have changed or his storylines have become a little too filled with raunchy, explicit sex scenes. Gave it 4-stars because while I di ...more
Maybe I am a little biased on this book because the setting of the story is where I currently live.

I loved this book. It shows how sometimes you can be close to someone and not even know the true person. The whole book I was on edge because I was so curious about the main character's past. The entire book was dedicated to how people lie, cheat, and deceit.

I will definitely read this one again. (And again that's probably because it takes place where I live and it feels good when you know all the
I absolutely loved this book. I love reading an EJD book (at least his latter ones) bc you can see the growth as a writer and its not just a typical "black" author telling another "hood tale". He challenges his readers in many ways i definitel respect that. This book was my favorite because it read like a movie and it was just my kind of genre. And to all those who talks about his his erotica, check the genre before buying a book because he is known for mixing erotica with all genres in most of ...more
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Eric Jerome Dickey was born in Memphis, Tennessee and attended the University of Memphis (the former Memphis State), where he earned his degree in Computer System Technology. In 1983, he moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in engineering.

After landing a job in the aerospace industry as a software developer, Eric Jerome Dickey's artistic talents surfaced, inspiring him to become an actor and a
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“People know your tragedies and they treat you like
you’re not human. Like you’re a three-headed goat. A monster from some other planet. They keep reminding you of your pain.
You see how they look at me? They’re stuck on that person I used to be. They can’t see that old life as just a moment in time that I’ve moved on from. It was a horrible life.”
“It’s scary telling someone you care about, someone you love who you really are.” 19 likes
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